Brooklyn Bark Talks

Giardia - should I be worried?

Giardia are a scurge all year round.  But they are especially active in Spring and Fall when there are nice puddles to play in and drink and damp earth to roll on and enjoy.  We caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to get some background on this parasite that loves to cause tummy aches and worse.


Brooklyn Bark: What is Giardia and how is it transmitted?

Dr. Chris:  Giardia (Giardia duodenalis) is a gastrointestinal parasite.  It is a type of single celled organism called a protozoa. Both dogs and cats are susceptible although we see it more in dogs, likely because they are inveterate poop sniffers and always out on the streets.

Infected dogs shed Giardia cysts, which are like eggs, in their feces and the cysts can live for many months in the environment and are often found in

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Tags: Dog walkers, Dog walking, dog health, giardia, giardia canis, cat health

Should I Be Expressing My Dog’s Anal Glands? (Yuck!)

Sometimes veterinary medicine is all about cute kittens and doggie kisses.  At the opposite end of the spectrum is caring for anal glands.  Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris of North Slope Veterinary who had just finished expressing a pup's anal glands.


Brooklyn Bark: Does my dog have anal glands?

Dr. Chris: Yes, all dogs have anal glands.  They are actually anal “sacs” but most people call them glands, so we will use that terminology.  They are two small pouches that collect glandular secretions within th

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Tags: dog health, anal glands

Giardia - Puddle Trouble: Water Better Left Un-lapped

Meet, Starbuck, an all-star on BBark's roster, on any Brooklyn dog walking company's roster. This pup can sniff out a discarded chicken bone about a block away in Downtown Brooklyn. And while Starbuck's precision-guided schnozz is quite impressive, it can --and has-- led him into some iffy scenarios of "insert in mouth first, ask questions later."

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Tags: Brooklyn Dog Walker Tips, Brooklyn Bark, Dog walking, dog health, goldendoodle, giardia, giardia canis, intestinal parasite in dogs

Tainted Chicken Jerky Treats - AGAIN!

Today's Smart Brief bulletin from the American Veterinary Medical Association reports 900 complaints about chicken jerky dog treats made in China.  They report that the implicated brands include:

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Tags: dog treats, pet health, dog health, dog food contamination, know your dog, tainted chicken jerky, what's in pet food, tainted dog treats, Canyon Creek Chicken jerkey, Canyon Creek Chicken jerkey, Milo's Kitchen chicken jerkey

Dogs Eat the Strangest Things, Surgery Included

When our Welsh Corgi, Radar, ate a tennis ball he ended up in surgery.  Two years later, he bit off a piece of "safe" dog toy and ended up in surgery.  

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Tags: Brooklyn Dogs, dog treats, dog health, things dogs eat, dog x-rays, strange items eaten by dogs, x-rays of dogs with foreign bodies in their gut

Is Your Dog Fat?

When we people are overweight we face higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers and we are downright unattractive.

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Tags: pet health, dog health, Brooklyn Dog Walker